Are you celebrating sleep? Well, you should be because National Sleep Awareness Week is here. From March 11th – 17th it’s time to celebrate sleep and all of its glory. Who doesn’t like sleep? Come on we know you all love it and it makes you feel great.
That’s because getting a quality night of rest actually has major health benefits that make you refreshed, energetic, and happy. That is sort of what sleep awareness week is all about. It is a great chance to evaluate how well you sleep to see if you need to take the steps to fix a sleep-related issue like sleep deprivation or sleep apnea if needed.
National Sleep Awareness Week is The Best Time To Snooze
Sleep Deprivation Effects
National Sleep Awareness Week 2018 brings attention to sleep deprivation, which is basically the condition of not having enough sleep and it can be acute and temporary or chronic, meaning the effects of multiple sleep-deprived nights can compound. If you’re chronically sleep deprived you may feel extremely fatigued, clumsy, unfocused, achy, confused, suffer from headaches, and more.
If left untreated sleep deprivation can lead to serious health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, seizures, and diabetes. In severe cases, sleep deprivation can lead to micro sleeping, where an episode of sleep or attention loss may occur for up to 30 seconds.
During a microsleep, the victim is unresponsive and unconscious and episodes can occur at any time. This is extremely dangerous, especially in industrial industries such as trucking or construction.
These types of industrial jobs are physically demanding. Plus, on top of that many workers have exhausting commutes and fail to get the rest that they need. This fatigue on builders and drivers leads to increased traffic incidents and jobsite accidents with the use of machinery, power tools, and more.
In fact, 16% of workers have reported at least one near miss accident or safety incident due to fatigue. Also, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 over the road (OTR) driver have sleep apnea preventing them from getting the rest they need.
How to get Great Sleep
National Sleep Awareness Week is a great time to wake up and study your sleeping habits. Are you getting enough rest? Could you be suffering from sleep deprivation? Why not dive into some sleep awareness activities such as taking the steps to catch the proper amount of Zzz’s to wake up energized and refreshed?
The first step involves creating a sleep schedule that allows for at least 8 hours of rest a night. Try to stick to the same schedule, even on the weekends for the best results. Your body clock will thank you.
Make sure your sleeping space, whether it’s your cab or bedroom is dark and comfortable. Get blackout curtains and make sure all bright lights from electronics are turned off. Also, make sure your sleeping space has a comfortable temperature.
Unwind without electronics. The LED lights in screens like the one on your TV and phone are actually pretty stimulating. Give your eyes and body a rest with a relaxing activity like reading, taking a bath, or doing soothing yoga stretches before bed.
Adjust to a healthier lifestyle. If you don’t move enough during the day, then your muscles might not be tired enough to rest. Try to make time for a little movement on a regular basis by at least taking walks. Eating and drinking better can help your body rest and recover better too.
If National Sleep Awareness Week inspires you to look into your quality of sleep, remember to get tested for sleep apnea immediately if you think you may have the condition. Signs of sleep apnea include waking up gasping for air or choking, waking with a headache, waking up feeling exhausted, and more.
If left untreated sleep apnea could contribute to major health issues such as diabetes, obesity, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. However, the simple use of a CPAP machine is 100% effective for most patients.